The Osceola360 looks at some of the news, note and nuggets from across the landscape of college football over the last week. Here is the latest:
Former FSU offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, who entered the NCAA Transfer Portal earlier this offseason, has reportedly found his new home and it will be in the SEC. Dickerson, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, made his decision after considering Alabama and Texas A&M. Please click on the following link for more on Dickerson’s transfer: https://247sports.com/college/alabama/Article/Alabama-Football-Recruiting-Tide-lands-grad-transfer-OL-Landon-Dickerson–132495055/.
The Sporting News released its 2019 rankings of all 130 FBS head coaches last week. Their rankings for the head coaches are as follows, with last year’s ranking in parentheses for context. FSU head coach Willie Taggart is ranked as the 48th best FBS head coach heading into the 2019 season after being ranked 35th last season.
2. Dabo Swinney, Clemson (2)
8. Dan Mullen, Florida (21)
34. Dino Babers, Syracuse (81)
35. Dave Doeren, NC State (39)
45. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest (46)
47. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia (51)
48. Willie Taggart, FSU (35)
49. Scott Satterfield, Louisville (58)
52. Bryan Harsin, Boise State (42)
61. Steve Addazio, Boston College (52)
68. Manny Diaz, Miami (NR)
111. Matt Viator, Louisiana-Monroe (115)
For a complete list of the rankings, which makes for great discussion, please click on the following link: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa-football/list/ranking-college-football-coaches-1-130-for-2019-season/cy34p8nnobep1mh7va92s3q0o.
While college football teams are still more than two months away from the opening weekend of the 2019 season Las Vegas has already geared up for the first week of the season. Last week the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook looked at the opening weekend matchups for all ACC teams including the line for the FSU-Boise State game. Please click on the following link for more on what Vegas has to say on the ACC openers this upcoming season: https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/ACC-football-schedule-Vegas-odds-UNC-Miami-Florida-State-132834809/#132834809_6.
Florida State reportedly offered Florida 2020 defensive line commit Johnnie Brown (6-2, 250 pounds) over the weekend. The rising senior from Tampa Middleton High school spent his Father’s Day weekend visiting with FSU coach Willie Taggart and working out with special teams coach Mark Snyder, who will also be tutoring FSU’s edge rushers this fall. For more on Brown’s recruitment and where he stands with his latest offer please click on the following link: https://hailfloridahail.com/2019/06/15/florida-football-gator-commit-visits-florida-state/.
Last week Swamp247 ranked who the top 10 players that the Gators will be facing in 2019 and there was one FSU player on that list. Please click on the following link to find who they think that is: https://247sports.com/college/florida/LongFormArticle/Florida-Gators-Football-Top-10-players-on-the-2019-UF-schedule-132903478/.
Since the addition of the NCAA’s early signing period in December for college football more and more recruits are taking official visits during the summer between their junior and senior year of high school. 2020 wide receiver prospect Marcus Rosemy (6-2, 187) from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale took his official visit to the University of Florida this past weekend. According to GatorCountry.com the lanky wideout, who holds reportedly holds an offer from FSU, has narrowed his list of potential college homes to two programs in the SEC. For more on Rosemy’s upcoming decision please click on the following link: https://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/rosemy-ready-to-decide-between-sec-east-rivals/.
A lot of college football fans, and that includes me, would like to see the College Football Playoff expanded. After all, it makes no sense to have only four playoff spots when there are five conferences who will crown champions every year. Another person that agrees with this is one of college football’s biggest personalities, Mike Leach, the head coach at Washington State. The Pirate from Pullman has a much more radical plan for expansion for the playoff than most but a trip inside Leach’s mind is never boring. Please click on the following link for more on Leach’s ideas for expansion: https://www.al.com/sports/2019/05/heres-mike-leachs-plan-for-a-64-team-college-football-playoff-and-its-wild.html.
Clemson has been blessed with an embarrassment of riches on its football roster. It, of course, has a veteran and talented coaching staff too. The Tigers are now getting even deeper there as well with the addition of an unpaid graduate school intern with FSU ties. Former Samford, Auburn and Akron head coach Terry Bowden has joined Dabo Sweeney’s staff. Terry is the son of FSU coaching legend Bobby Bowden and brother of former FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden. Please click on the following link for more on Terry’s path to Clemson: https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/06/terry-bowden-to-join-clemson-staff-as-wait-for-it-a-graduate-assistant.html.